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Lay off the donuts, Canada

Less than four in 10 Canadians at their ideal weight


 

A new study suggests that the fitness levels of Canadian youth and adults has declined significantly since the early 80’s. The Canadian Health Measures Survey compared direct physical measurements, such as body measurements, cardio-respiratory fitness, musculoskeletal fitness, and blood pressure to reach their conclusions. Researchers found a dramatic decrease in fitness levels, especially for adults aged 20-39. They also found less than 38% of adults are at a healthy weight, while about 1% are underweight, 37% are overweight, and 24% are obese. On a more positive note, more than 90% of Canadian adults have acceptable blood pressure, defined as less than 140/90.

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  1. I think we’ve known for awhile that Canadians, as a whole, are a bunch of pale and misshapen troll people.

  2. Not surprising at all! I bet this will only increase for the next generation of children since parents are afraid to let their children play outside. It's sad that people are missing out on the rewards of physical activity. I think the food industry doesn't help either. Although it is easy to blame the fact that cheap food is often chemical-laden processed crap, people need to take responsibility for their own health and learn about proper nutrition!

  3. When will we start using a better measure than BMI? Canadians probably are getting fatter, but body fat percentage statistics (divided by gender) would be far more informative. The fact that, for instance "more than 90% of Canadian adults have acceptable blood pressure, defined as less than 140/90" should be a serious challenge to the notion that rising BMI's are an impending health crisis. I suspect that the supposed obesity crisis probably is a problem, but a smaller one than suggested, and one people fear for rather superficial reasons. In fact some studies have found death rates lowest among overweight individuals. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/health/07fat.ht

    At the end of the day, the key issue should be life expectancy. Better medical technology and lower rates of smoking are raising life expectancy – and perhaps giving people the freedom to eat a few more cheeseburgers without dying young. This is the very definition of progress.

    • Body fat percentage isn't as easy to measure and isn't a perfect indicator either. Besides, while the BMI has issues closer to "normal" body weights (the difference between normal and overweight on the BMI scale can often be negligible), on extreme points – such as that 24% of people who are obese, it turns out to be a rather telling indicator.

      The health crisis here is not that we're all going to die from being fat (life expectancy is not the key issue here, though it is important). Rather, it is that health care costs are going to escalate and quality of life will diminish. Health is about a lot more than just being alive and progress involves living better lives, not just finding new ways to live mediocre ones.

    • The study *did* use measures other than BMI. Didn't matter which measure was used – the results were pretty much the same.

  4. How is the 80 year old Swede doing these days?

  5. see there is some kind of discrimination happening …we need more people like Jim Belushi and Roseanne on tv ..or Canadians like Rita MacNeil and Mike Duffy…..most people are apparently overweight